Monday 1 May 2017

Bournemouth fight back to foil Watford

Bournemouth 2 Watford 2

Benik Afobe celebrates scoring Bournemouth's second goal. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters
Benik Afobe celebrates scoring Bournemouth's second goal. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters
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Substitute Benik Afobe snatched a point for Bournemouth as they twice came from behind against Watford.

The visitors looked on course for a first win in seven matches after Troy Deeney headed them in front, but Afobe climbed off the bench to bail out the Cherries eight minutes from time.

Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their second goal with Tom Cleverley. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters
Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their second goal with Tom Cleverley. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Bournemouth, smarting from back-to-back defeats by Millwall and Hull, had fallen behind to Christian Kabasele's header before Joshua King pegged Watford back shortly after half-time.

The Cherries came out of the blocks quicker, with Ryan Fraser's header's stretching Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes, who was then tested by Jack Wilshere's drive.

But Bournemouth's leaky defence let them down again when Jose Holebas' corner was inadvertently flicked on by Steve Cook at the near post to Miguel Britos, who nodded the ball back across goal for Kabasele to head home.

Bournemouth grabbed their equaliser three minutes after half-time when Watford fell asleep at a throw-in. Adam Smith got the ball back from Junior Stanislas and burst past three non-existent challenges before squaring the ball for King to tap in.

Bournemouth's Joshua King celebrates scoring their first goal with Charlie Daniels. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters
Bournemouth's Joshua King celebrates scoring their first goal with Charlie Daniels. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Watford went back in front against the run if play from another set-piece as Deeney outmuscled Smith to nod Tom Cleverley's corner past a flapping Artur Boruc. But Afobe had the final say from Andrew Surman's pass.

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